Nazareth Partners with Rochester's Urban-Suburban Program with Support and Scholarships

Published September 16, 2016

A new collaboration between Nazareth College and Rochester’s Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program is offering students in the nation’s first and oldest voluntary school desegregation program the promise of outstanding scholarships and support as they enter their college years.

Nazareth is partnering with the Urban-Suburban Program on multiple levels that include:

  • Urban-Suburban students are now eligible for all scholarships and grants that are currently available for Rochester City School District (RCSD) students accepted to Nazareth College.

  • The Urban-Suburban Program is now an official partner organization of the Nazareth College Young Scholars Program (an educational experience for high-achieving students that establishes a career path by promoting academic achievement, collaboration, and leadership. Students selected to participate are identified by teachers and administrators who have established partnerships with Nazareth College, including the Urban-Suburban program and four schools in New York City.)

  • Nazareth will provide workshops on college readiness, evaluation and preparation on an annual calendar.

"I am so very pleased that Nazareth is partnering with the Urban-Suburban Program here in Rochester to help ensure that students have access to a premier college education after graduation from high school,” said Nazareth President Daan Braveman. “In some respects, I feel like things have come full circle. Many years ago, as a practicing lawyer, I represented the Urban-Suburban Program when the federal government threatened to withhold funds and close the program. We brought a lawsuit in Washington and succeeded in maintaining the funds that allowed it to continue its operations. Now, decades later, I have the pleasure of once again working directly with this vital Program."

“Nazareth is, and always has been, about making a difference in the community,” said Theresa Woodson, Program Director. “We see their impact throughout Rochester every day, and I am delighted that our organizations can work together to mold the next generation of leadership for our collective futures.”

Celebrating more than 50 years of excellence, the Urban-Suburban Interdistrict Transfer Program began in the West Irondequoit School District in September 1965 with the mission of voluntarily reducing racial isolation and the segregation of academic opportunities in New York State.  Last year the mission was expanded to deconcentrate poverty.  To accomplish the new mission, pupils residing in participating districts may apply for transfer from the Rochester City School District to suburban school districts, or from suburban districts to the Rochester City School District.

"This partnership is another example of Nazareth's commitment to providing higher education opportunities for students from underrepresented and underserved populations”, said Gabriel Marshall, Nazareth’s Director of Student Success and Achievement Programs.  “By enriching the lives of local students and their families through academic, cultural, and social experiences, this collaboration will strengthen our community and our institution".

The kick-off to the partnership will take place on Monday, September 19th as members from the Nazareth College community work with parents and students to begin the college planning process at the Program’s annual Senior Night.


Nazareth College’s academic strengths cross an unusually broad spectrum of 60 majors, including education, health and human services, management, the fine arts, music, theater, math and science, foreign languages, and the liberal arts. The coeducational, religiously independent, classic campus in a charming suburb of Rochester, N.Y., challenges and supports 2,200 undergrads and 700 graduate students. Nazareth is recognized nationally for its Fulbright global student scholars and commitment to civic engagement. Rigorous programs, an uncommon arts and sciences core, experiential learning, career skills, and a global focus prepare graduates for not just one job, but for their life’s work.